62-year-old woman among 3 Covid-19 deaths, 1,178 new cases in S’pore
62-year-old woman among 3 Covid-19 deaths, 1,178 new cases in S’pore

SINGAPORE – Three Singaporeans have died of Covid-19 complications, taking the Republic’s Covid-19 death toll to 65, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Sept 21). One of them was a 62-year-old Singaporean woman who died on Monday after a prolonged stay at the hospital. She had tested positive for Covid-19 infection on July 23... » read more

Singapore’s new Covid-19 workplace rules challenging, say business leaders
Singapore’s new Covid-19 workplace rules challenging, say business leaders

SINGAPORE – Business leaders have expressed concerns over the new Covid-19 workplace management rules which, they say, could impact operations if fresh infections force their staff to work from home. Some said that the rules could be disruptive, particularly in the face of a manpower crunch. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Manpower issued an updated... » read more

Olympics: IOC says it helped around 100 people to leave Afghanistan
Olympics: IOC says it helped around 100 people to leave Afghanistan

LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND (REUTERS) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday (Sept 8) that the organisation had helped around 100 members of the “Olympic community” in Afghanistan to leave the country on humanitarian visas. The rescue efforts, which began after the Tokyo Games and before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last... » read more

askST: Will I be considered ‘unvaccinated’ if I do not take booster shots?
askST: Will I be considered ‘unvaccinated’ if I do not take booster shots?

SINGAPORE – With the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine booster shots expected to start this month, The Straits Times tackles key questions about the programme, including whether someone will be considered “unvaccinated” if they do not get the booster shots. Q: Why is there a need for booster shots? A: Booster shots will increase vaccine effectiveness... » read more

MOH to track sale of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccination slots, take action if needed
MOH to track sale of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccination slots, take action if needed

SINGAPORE – Enforcement action will be taken against people who exploit others by selling their Sinovac-CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccination slots. Responding to queries from The Straits Times on Sunday (Aug 22), a spokesman at the Ministry of Health (MOH) said: “Individuals with booking slots should not exploit the situation and take advantage of people who want to be vaccinated.”... » read more

Covid-19 vaccine by Arcturus and Singapore’s Duke-NUS in phase 2 trials
Covid-19 vaccine by Arcturus and Singapore’s Duke-NUS in phase 2 trials

SINGAPORE – Three different Covid-19 messenger RNA vaccines which may have reduced side effects when administered are being developed with Singapore’s involvement in their clinical trials. Developed by United States-firm Arcturus Therapeutics, the three vaccine candidates can be given at a much lower dose than the mRNA vaccines now available – such as those by... » read more

Football: Aubameyang and Lacazette among four positive Covid-19 cases at Arsenal
Football: Aubameyang and Lacazette among four positive Covid-19 cases at Arsenal

LONDON (REUTERS) – Arsenal forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missed last week’s defeat by Brentford due to positive Covid-19 tests, the Premier League side confirmed on Thursday (Aug 19). While Aubameyang has tested negative since and is in contention to feature against Chelsea on Sunday, strike partner Lacazette is still recovering from the illness.... » read more

Covid-19 vaccination centre managers hail from diverse backgrounds
Covid-19 vaccination centre managers hail from diverse backgrounds

SINGAPORE – Before Covid-19 struck, Ms Joey Yap ran fine-dining establishments where she managed staff, handled administrative duties and personally served dignitaries. Now, she applies that experience as she oversees operations at the Potong Pasir Community Club vaccination centre. For the past eight months, the vaccination centre manager with Thomson Medical has been handling the... » read more

No screeners soon as public places in S’pore cease temperature checks
No screeners soon as public places in S’pore cease temperature checks

SINGAPORE – The Health Ministry announced last week that temperature screening will no longer be a requirement in public places from this Thursday. And with more people getting vaccinated, job employment agencies are also seeing less demand for temperature screener positions. But temperature screeners told The Sunday Times they are confident they will still have... » read more

Formula One: ‘Dizzy’ Hamilton may be suffering from long-Covid
Formula One: ‘Dizzy’ Hamilton may be suffering from long-Covid

BUDAPEST (AFP) – Lewis Hamilton, who battled from the back of the field to take third place in an intense and exhausting Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday (Aug 1), admitted he may still be suffering from the effects of Covid-19 which caused him to miss a race last year. The Mercedes driver, who now leads... » read more

10 new Covid-19 clusters including Zuellig Pharma; 7 cases in ICU
10 new Covid-19 clusters including Zuellig Pharma; 7 cases in ICU

SINGAPORE – There were 10 new Covid-19 clusters on Friday (July 30), including one with six cases involving healthcare pharmaceutical company Zuellig Pharma. The nine other new clusters are linked to individual cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in an update. The number of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) more than doubled... » read more